Gov. Andrew Cuomo is delivering versions of his State of the State and budget addresses in Western New York today.

At 11 a.m., he’ll be at City Honors School, 186 E. North St., Buffalo.

At 1:45 p.m., he’ll be at my alma mater, the U of R, Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St., Rochester.

Members of Cuomo’s cabinet will be spreading his gospel today in Endicott (DMV Commissioner Barbara Fiala, noon); Aurora (Environmental Facilities Corp. CEO Matthew Driscoll, noon); Dunkirk (ESDC Regional President Sam Hoyt, 4 p.m.); Manhattan (Secretary of State Cesar Perales, 5 p.m.); and Middletown (Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey, 5:30 p.m.)

At 10:30 a.m., the state Cemetery Board meets, Department of State Offices, Conference Room, Suite 1112, One Commercial Plaza, 99 Washington Ave., Albany.

At 11 a.m., Mayor Bloomberg joins T. Boone Pickens to unveil NYC’s first mobile food truck fully powered by compressed natural gas. City Hall Park, Manhattan.

Activists demand publicly financed fair elections and release new research, 12:30 p.m., LCA Press Room, Room 130, Legislative Office Building, 181 State St., Albany.

Also at 12:30 p.m., Sen. David Carlucci and mental health advocates rally to restore prescriber prevails in the state Medicaid budget, Mental Health Association of Rockland County, 140 Route 303, Valley Cottage.

At 6:30 p.m, former NYC Mayor David Dinkins and former state Comptroller H. Carl McCall will be honored at the One Hundred Black Men 50th Anniversary Benefit Gala, New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway, Manhattan.


NYSUT’s property tax cap lawsuit sets the stage for a protracted legal and political battle that could impact Cuomo (depending on the outcome) when he seeks re-election in 2014.

The lawsuit asserts that the cap interferes with local control of schools, and that a requirement that 60 percent of voters support any override of the limit dilutes the voting power of those who favor exceeding the cap.

Cuomo’s teacher evaluation bill will let the state education commissioner impose his own plan if Bloomberg and the UFT can’t agree on one by June 1, and also let him decide if and when that plan would expire.

Cuomo will include the teacher evaluation bill in his 30-day budget amendment, to be formally submitted to the Legislature today.

Also in the governor’s 30-day budget amendments: A requirement that about one-third of gas stations in the state install the proper wiring to accommodate backup generators during emergencies.

The NY Post wants to know why there’s a sunset date in Cuomo’s plan.

A $500 million hole has opened in Cuomo’s proposed budget because of changes in how Washington plans to reimburse the state for the care of people with developmental disabilities.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says Syracuse “is suffering from long-term, systemic problems.”

The next mayor of NYC is going to face a budget crisis because government spending during Bloomberg’s tenure spiraled “out of control,” according to Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota.

Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. blew a second deadline issued by Federal Judge Sandra Townes to find a lawyer to defend him on corruption charges, insisting he can’t afford one. The trial is scheduled to begin July 15.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan is preparing to participate in his first conclave. He plans to bring peanut butter.

A week before Dolan is set to leave for Rome, where his name is being floated as a candidate for pope, he was questioned for three hours behind closed doors in a legal deposition concerning the sexual abuse of children by priests.

AG Eric Schneiderman secured guilty pleas from the co-defendants in the case of former Sen. Shirley Huntley and her bogus nonprofit Parent Workshop for their roles in an illegal member item theft scheme and a cover-up.

In the wake of continuing anger by gun owners over the SAFE Act, Cuomo is offering a fig leaf to hunters: cheaper state licenses.

State lawmakers, looking to curry favor with politically powerful labor unions, introduced eight bills in just a single day to enhance retirement benefits for government workers — potentially costing taxpayers $1.35 billion a year.

As expected, the NYC Independence Party endorsed former Bronx BP Adolfo Carrion for mayor. He hopes to use this nod to pressure the GOP to let him into the party’s primary.

Gloria Steinem, the feminist author and activist, says she’ll withdraw her support for Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn’s mayoral bid if Quinn doesn’t allow a vote on sick-leave legislation.

NYC Public Advocate hopeful Reshma Saujani OpEds in favor of the NYS Dream Act in the Niagara Gazette.

As three NYC Council members shared a bipartisan proposal for new regulations for home elevations in Sandy-affected areas, Sen. Chuck Schumer said that the state is fighting for a second round of federal funds for long-term solutions to prevent storm damage.

The plight of an elderly couple from Columbia County caught the attention of Schumer, who’s co-sponsoring legislation to stop Medicare from denying payments to people hospitalized under “observation” status.

In the three weeks since he has taken over as secretary of state, John Kerry has established himself as the un-Hillary Clinton.

A 30-year DOT employee said he was forced to retire rather than possibly be fired for speaking positively to a newspaper reporter without approval from the Cuomo administration.

Cuomo’s proposal to expand Quick Draw has sparked a lively debate.

A major employer in a western New York city, Daikin McQuay, says it’s closing its factory, a move that will eliminate about 350 jobs as another company in the region says it’s also shuttering a plant.

The company’s decision came as a surprise to local elected officials.

Semi-First Lady Sandra Lee is poised to win an award.

The end of an era in Buffalo.